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Hang Out at Millennium Park

Chicago's most-visited tourist attraction is more than just a park

CITY GUIDE: MILLENNIUM PARK | Chicago offers an array of attractions and activities year round and chances are you won’t get to see everything during your visit to the Windy City. One spot you can count on spending time in, no matter what time of year you visit, is Millennium Park. As Chicago’s most-visited tourist attraction, the beautiful sprawling 25-acre Millennium Park sits directly across Michigan Avenue from the historic Chicago Athletic Association hotel downtown. More than just a park, the space offers a variety of activities and has events throughout the year.

If you come during summer, Millennium Park hosts a weekly free concert series with an eclectic lineup of music ranging from pop to jazz to dance. In addition, weather-pending, you can check out classic and first-run movies in the park. And Millennium Park claims some of the city’s best public art installations including Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, a.k.a. The Bean, Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain with its cool digital installations and the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion — not to mention the countless individual art fairs that sprout up throughout the year in the Boeing Galleries. You can stroll through the gorgeous prairie-within-the-park at Lurie Gardens or take in Hubbard Street Dance Company shows at the Harris Theater. In winter, visitors can don skates and hit the ice at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink or cross the Gehry-designed bridge to Maggie Daley Park to take a few loops around the ice ribbon. 

Overall, Millennium Park is a true gem in the middle of the city with access to the Chicago Cultural Center and the Art Institute, both steps away. And when you get hungry, pop back across Michigan Avenue to our historic hotel and visit one of our many dining concepts like the James Beard Award-winning Cherry Circle Room or Cindy’s, our rooftop paradise.

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